After a great Bonfire the night before -- organized by Amanda Winch! -- it was cloudy but warm 15C/60F, with a great fan base of visiting families and alumnae!
Katherine's parents, Liz's parents and grandparent, sister Emily '12, Kristin's parents, Lindsay's parents and grandparents, Bri Perry '12, Annie Saunders '12, Hannah Nolan's dad, Annie O's parents, Shelby's mom, Courtney's family, Allison's grandparents (?), Kate's mom, maybe others!
We knew Tufts played well last fall, and we saw their good results in the Boston-area Region 1 league. They came out with high pressure, but we got off the first shots by Molly, Allison and Natalie. Then Jenn's cross in the 10th minute came off their GKer's fingers for Natalie to put into the net for the first goal.
Tufts got off five shots in the rest of the first half, two requiring saves by Hannah N. But we only had one (Kristin's) shot during that 30-minute spell. It was difficult for either team to retain much possession because both teams were highly energized to pressure the other!
At the break we spoke about making the easy ground passes, being more diagonal and switching the point of attack more often.
In the second minute of the 2nd half Allison flicked the ball up over a Tufts defender for Julia to put into the net for our second goal. We had a good spell of connected passes after that, but around the hour mark Tufts sent a long ball over our defense that was deftly chest-trapped by a Tufts forward and shot into the far side of our net, reminiscent of Alex Morgan's skill and speed. Credit Tufts for figuring out a way to get behind us.
Soon after that, Tufts got a break-away opportunity that Hannah N rushed out to squash by grabbing the ball off the feet of the Tufts attacker! Three more Tufts shots and at the 82nd minute they hit our side netting again to tie it up 2:2.
In the last few minutes, Tufts' GK'er had to make two more saves from shots by Lindsay and Christine,. Hannah N made one more save just before Kristin got a burst of energetic skill to dribble (jump over!) past several Tufts defenders and pass the ball to Natalie, who scored the game-winner. Hannah N preserved the win by making another huge save in the last minute!
It was a tribute to both teams' never-say-never attitudes! We were happy to benefit from highly talented goalkeeper Hannah Nolan and the persistence of our very motivated team to make the difference in the last minutes of the game! All of our fans were ecstatic for such a great homecoming present!
GK: Hannah N
CD: Molly+Collin, Christine+Tessa
OD: Blythe+Liz, Annie O+Kate
CM: Julia+Shelby, Kristin+Amanda FC
OM: Jenn+Mila, Amanda W+Katherine, Ginny
F: Natalie+Allison, Courtney+Caroline, Sophie+Lindsay
Shots 14:12 Saves 6:7
6 Molly shot saved
8 Allison shot wide
Natalie shot hit the upright
10 Jenn's cross off GK'er fingers, Natalie scored --> 1:0
15 Tufts shot wide
33 Tufts shot saved
41 Tufts shot saved
43 Kristin shot saved
44 Tufts shot wide
45 Tufts shot deflected for a corner
47 Allison flick to Julia --> 2:0
50 Tufts corner
51 Natalie shot wide
55 Natalie cross to Jenn shot over
56 D corner
59 Tufts sent a long ball in behind our defense --> 2:1
61 Julia shot saved
62 Amanda FC shot saved
65 Hannah N came way out to take the ball off a Tufts foot!
66 Tufts shot saved
67 Tufts shot deflected for a corner
80 Tufts shot over
82 Tufts shot into side netting --> 2:2
87 Lindsay shot saved
88 Tufts shot saved
89 Christine shot saved
91 Kristin dribble through 4 defenders, pass to Natalie --> 3:2
92 Hannah huge save